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EXPERTISE Investigations

Providing global and domestic regulatory and corporate investigatory expertise

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Effective investigation of misconduct in an evolving regulatory landscape 

We understand that our clients operate in a regulatory landscape that is continually evolving, where businesses are concerned with both external regulatory investigations and enforcement action, as well as internal legal and conduct-related matters. In addition to responding to regulatory investigations and enforcement action, businesses themselves are under increasing pressure to carry out their own internal investigations to identify, halt and remediate misconduct, self-report to regulators and take any necessary disciplinary action. In turbulent times, you need a legal adviser with deep experience of the most complex types of regulatory investigations and their potential consequences for the business to steer you to clear water when it matters the most.

Our cross-border investigations group has significant experience advising and acting for clients in relation to investigations to identify regulatory enforcement and legal conduct risk, such as in relation to corruption, fraud, money laundering, market misconduct, data protection, anti-trust, employment, health and safety, environment, tax and product-related matters. 

On top of identifying and mitigating corporate misconduct, should your business come under regulatory scrutiny, we are also here to manage your response to regulatory and law enforcement-led investigations, assisting your business to mitigate and manage risk, and to avoid serious fines and penalties.

Looking beyond the investigation

We will guide you through any parallel legal and regulatory obligations, ensuring that the many pitfalls and other issues – which can dramatically impact results and the probative value of the investigation – are avoided. 

We adopt a strategic and pragmatic approach with a view to providing incisive advice which considers all relevant legal, regulatory, commercial and disciplinary issues and consequences for our clients. We apply our firm-wide internal investigation protocols and procedures which reflect established best practice and that are designed to ensure that all necessary issues are properly scoped and thought through from the outset.

A truly global reach

Our work has involved dealing with multiple regulators and enforcement agencies, such as the UK Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Competition and Markets Authority, HMRC, the US Department of Justice and US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Prudential Regulation Authority, the National Crime Agency, Hong Kong Securities & Futures Commission, Australian Securities Exchange, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the US Office of the Comptroller of Currency.

With lawyers who can handle investigations across the globe, including Hong Kong, Australia and the UK, Ashurst is well placed to carry out cross-border inquiries for global companies. GLOBAL INVESTIGATIONS REVIEW 2016

Recognition

As a leading international firm, we are proud to be recognised by clients and industry bodies for our achievements and the contributions we make

  • 2016

    GLOBAL INVESTIGATIONS REVIEW

    Top 100 global investigations firm

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